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Reno Compilation 12" (Sedition Records)

By: Jeb Branin

I knew before I set needle to vinyl that this record was going to kill on contact. If ever there was a city that's hardcore community was disproportionately massive compared to its population it would have to be Reno. I hate to fall back on the old cliche "perhaps there is something in the water" but sometimes you just have to wonder. Each of the bands on here is impressive in its own right and you've got everything from old school thrash to neo-black thrash to noise thrash to THIS COMPUTER KILLS (who sound like VERBAL ASSAULT would have if they were a trash band). The tracks on the vinyl are a little screwed up compared to how they are listed on the cover so I had to spend a bit of time with the lyric sheet to figure it all out but my favorite tracks are by RED RUM, ALL OPPOSED THE FREEDOM YOU HAVE TO BUY, IRON LUNG and VAE VICTIS. I haven't heard a "city" comp this intense in a looooong time. If you don't know Reno, you don't know hardcore.
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